Leeds-based internet safety firm Smoothwall has acquired Blackpool digital record keeping company Safeguard Software.

Smoothwall, which is a £12.2m turnover company, says the investment will see schools across the UK benefit from a more comprehensive safeguarding system, helping to protect vulnerable children online and offline.

Smoothwall has acquired Safeguard Software to further its expansion plans.

“We are delighted to have acquired Safeguard Software. It is a well-respected product, with a rapidly growing customer base that values its ease of use and affordability,” said Georg Ell, CEO of Smoothwall.

“Bringing together monitoring and record keeping under one roof means we are now the only provider to offer both, strengthening the value in our Optimum digital safety suite of products.

“Adding Safeguard to our product family means schools can have integrated digital record keeping and a holistic safeguarding picture, which combines online and offline, of each pupil. This ensures those who need help get it and schools fulfil their statutory requirements.

“This is just the latest in a line of investments Smoothwall has made over the past 12 months to drive sustainable growth as a business, in the service of our customers and to pursue our mission to be the most trustworthy provider of safeguarding in the world.”

Smoothwall is headquartered in Leeds, with US offices based in Charlotte, North Carolina and protects more than four million users in 60 countries.